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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1970-04-12

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1970-04-12

Topics Live concert

Good Morning Little School Girl, Casey Jones, Mama Tried, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> High Time, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin' Candyman, Deep Elem Blues, Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Black Peter, Uncle John's Band Dancin' In The Streets, It's A Man's World, Viola Lee Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard patched with Audience
Lineage [SBD > Reel master > Sonic Solutions > DAT ] + [Aud > cassette master > PCM > DAT > Sonic Solutions] > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by Harry Ely
Transferred by Seth Kaplan


AUD portion is from Casey Jones through Deep Elem Blues. Taper is believed to be Harry Ely but this is unverified.

Known flaws:
- Candyman cuts in at the second verse, "with your hair
a-hangin down."

- High Time is listed in Deadbase and at the end of I Know You Rider they start to go into High Time but the AUD tape cuts after one second. After the splice Good Lovin' starts. It's conceivable that they didn't actually go on to play High Time. (From Deadlists)

- And We Bid You Goodnight encore is missing.


Reviewer: jimtuht - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2016
Subject: on the radio that night via KPFA
I had just moved from Berkeley to SF and couldn't pick up the signal for KPFA well enough..but recorded a static-laden version of most of these tunes....since have heard and recorded purer "Dancing in the Streets" I ever heard...though I saw them bake over this tune when the Dead played with Junior Walker at Fillmore West in June...some interesting thematic and rhythmic inventions during "Dancin'" the inevitable (at that time) counterpoint via Lesh and Weir...unfortunately, that classical approach faded soon enough...
Reviewer: tanman82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2015
Subject: electric deep ellun/ viola lee/ pigpen organ
this electric deep ellum is similar/identical arrangement to the acoustic versions of the era and is RARE as such. late in 1970 they started playing deep ellum electric more regularly with a somewhat different arrangement. see the el monte shows from 12/70 where they played the 'different' electric arangement 2 of the 3 nights

this tape contains a more prominent mix of the organ than almost ALL tapes of the era. You can follow the organ on Dancin' past the opening riff, etc He is also more prominent in 'Poor peter' compared to most versions and is much louder in Viola Lee than the portchester version from 3/70 and harpur 5/2/70. Another good viola lee example of GD speed metal from approx 11 minute mark until 12:20. ahhh...if only we had a good recording of viola lee from the F east in 7/70.....
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2015
Subject: -
Rough in spots, but awesome.
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2015
Subject: Like Noah made the Ark...
My attention was in and out for parts of this set but wow did they get my attention from Dancin on
Dancin'= Absolutely blazing!
Black Peter= mellow and perfect.
Uncle John's=Not longest version but sweet,
great harmony especially at end.
Man's World= Pigpen /great harmonies by the rest of band.(Pigpen from SCHOOLGIRL opener-on!!!)
Viola= They have a nice groove going on a song they would pull from rotation by the summer of 70.
This one very good with a dose of Feedback to end!
Reviewer: Mr.wonderful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2015
Subject: Mr.wonderful
Outstanding!!!!! Gorgeous Viola Lee Blues! Wish there was copy of 4-10-70 !!!! Love hearing older shows, unfortunately,I was only 5 when these great shows were being played. Didn'tmake 1st shows till 5-11&5-12,1981 at New Haven Coliseum, but still managed to hit 100th show, after a 4year layoff 91-95, went to Tampa,Fl., 4-7-95 to get 100th, and sadly my last time seeing JERRY! I did,get in my 1st Loose Lucy, Visions Of Johanna, & 1 that I always loved to hear when drinking Kool Aid, PHIL'S UNBROKEN CHAIN !!!! GOD BLESS ALL WHO SAW SHOWS FROM1965-1995!!!! CHICAGO HERE WE COME!!!!
Reviewer: Mathew Maddison Warren - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2015
Subject: Top Shelf Show
You're really in the Dead's world throughout this one, it takes you around like a tour. Some shows have abrupt transitions that snap you out of it, but this one flows really well. Especially from candyman -> vlb. Great show.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2014
Subject: --
I think this is a great performance; it's definitely a hoot to play this show after the Miles Davis set, if you're able to find the latter; Miles really does shatter any illusions that he's "opening" for anyone - it's no wonder Phil was utterly beside himself, as he described in his book, and how ridiculous he felt having to follow the Quintet. I mean, that stuff is seriously off the chain. The Dead were quite brave to go out there after Miles and held their own; Iron Butterfly refused to go on stage in '69, K.C., after the Dead pulled a "Miles" on them!

And in that light, yeah, Schoolgirl does sound kind of silly in that context, but the boys really make the set their own and do a great job with Good Lovin', Dancin' (wow!!), et al - really, the back third of this show, from Dancin' on, is defintie five-star material.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2013
Subject: guitar god
Dancing through Viola Lee is solid. Jerry peaks May-November.
Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2012
Subject: WOW wow wow wow
I don't give out many 5's this show gets 10 with ease.
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2012
Subject: beyond amazinggggggggg, viola/dancing jamblastospherionic !
2 much for words, 2 much! dancin& viola lee mint !!
not a heavy "space/jam/feedback loud type , but this is the tits and the milk that comes with it !!!

Oh my God , my speakers(Bose 501, `1972( survived it
and me 2 boot !!
acoustic is sweet DeepElem tops, cummberland rolls
on&0n enjoy 5star
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2011
Subject: BEST Dancin' EVER
I will have to cast my vote for this Dancin' as being far better than 1970-05-02. Garcia's solo is way more unique during this show. Starting at 4:43, he launches into a purely "Dead" moment of group synergy. The whole band comes along for the ride with Phil pounding out the jam in signature style. I am most taken aback by the prominence of Pigpen's organ. On most of the 1970 tapes his organ volume is turned way back. This song and this show might be considered one of the last great Pigpen organ shows. He is recreating the fast-paced organ playing you hear on shows from '66-'68. Viola Lee Blues is magical as a result. Now, as for the Dancin'-

5:40 Jerry starts the magic carpet ride

6:22 - 6:40 peaks into a psychedelic epiphany

7:08 - 7:25 a little mind blowing takes place

8:27 - Pigpen contributes some fine organ

8:53 - noodle riff leads you off to the stars

I know some people prefer the 5/2 Dancin' because it almost sounds like a Dark Star. Well I think that is great, but it does just that: sounds like a Dark Star jam. I think this Dancin jam is much more true to the original melody while blasting off into some interesting territory.

This may not be the best show all the way through, but the Dancin' is hard to beat.
Reviewer: mddichard07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2011
Subject: this is great
all in all a good show but the viola lee at the end really makes it
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2010
Subject: Dancing in the Streets
Update 3/3/10:

After listening to the whole show, I will agree it is not the best of 1970 (that china>rider is pretty weak), but there are some great moments. And while I will not argue with anyone who says the 5/2/70 Dancin' is better (definitely makes a case for best ever) I still say this one is on par - Garica creates almost a "beat" with his guitar (well really he's playing off the rhythm section but that's just what it sounds like to me) in places that I have never heard before - really interesting stuff. Portions really have that Dark Star feel to them too, know what i mean? And as for Phil and the rest, well they are CERTAINLY doing their thing here...great stuff

Show: 4 stars
Dancin' in the Streets: 5+

This review is only for that song, since i have not heard the whole show yet, but what a version! garcia's bouncy groove makes me want to get up and dance in the street! agree w/ phleshy that this is easily a peer of 5/2/70, but let us not forget 5/6, 2/13, and 11/18 as standout versions also. gonna have to listen to the rest of this...
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2010
Subject: The Dead End Kids!
I dont see how the lack of a Dark Star or Other One is detrimental to this performance.

An interesting set list and there is certainly plenty of fine jamming taking place, particularly during the energetic Dancin' in the Streets, which is extremely well jammed and every bit as good as the performance of that song in Binghampton on 5/2/70! (98 pts)
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2010
Subject: Run of the mill 1970
which is still pretty good, but this show is more noticeable for what it DOESN'T have - Dark Star, Other One, or Eleven (which would soon disappear entirely). Still, there are some stellar moments, especially on Viola Lee Blues. "Snaky" is a good word to describe Jerry's playing on this one. The Dancin' is good, but come on, people! It's NOT EVEN CLOSE to 5/2/70, even if it does appear on Fallout from the Phil Zone. Since that show isn't on the Archive, I can't review it in the proper place, but let's just say Jerry played the 5/2/70 Dancin' with a creativity unapproached on any other version of this song, including a psychedelic section reminiscent of 69 Dark Stars. (If you don't have DP8, what are you waiting for? Get it!!)

Schoolgirl, Uncle John's, and Man's World are pretty solid, but the rest of the show hasn't got much interesting, and the China>Rider transition is sloppy as heck - they're playing in two different keys. The sound quality is excellent, a quick patch notwithstanding.
Reviewer: Saint Michael - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2009
Subject: Great Night...but the night before was off the charts
Sunday night was a Steallar show including a mind-blowing set by Miles Davis, but I have been searching for a while(try almost 40 years)for the
full Miles Davis set from Saturday 4-11-70 as well
as the Dead's set from that same night(including an awesome acoustic set in between both electric sets). The Boys were truely inspired by Miles that night with an out-of-this-world version
of the Dark Star--St. Stephen--Not Fade Away--Lovelight suite. the last minute as well as the
the entire Lovelight is available @
but the rest of the show has gone missing all these years. If anybody has The Dead's set or Miles or both you will bring a long search to
a happy ending. You can't go wrong with anything from 1970.A singularly unique transition year in the elvolution og The Grateful Dead. My Email
address is if anybody can help me out there.

Saint Michael
Reviewer: gagas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2009
Subject: Pig to the Pen
If you like Pig then this show is for you. Great sound for 70' well mixed and the tunes are tight and loose all at the same time. Viola Lee and Deep Elem Blues are sure to impress. The opener gets you moving and Jerry bends around Pig's harp so nice.

Get it and enjoy
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 12, 1970 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


Thirty nine years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD were playin' at the Fillmore West, where were you?

I couldn't be there in 1970 but I showed up today, where were you?

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1970 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.

God Bless Harry Ely for recording this show and God Bless Seth Kaplan for the Transfer. You guys are welcome at my home anytime. If I ever meet you the drinks are on me.

To Mr August West:

I had downloaded this show quite a while ago. I wanted to wait for the anniversary to write my review. I have downloaded over 350 shows, only bumped my gums on a couple hundred as of today...When I downloaded this show I didn't know if it was okay or now I tell everyone how I do it...I learned to share my knowledge of getting something for nothing from a book I read back in 73 called STEAL THIS BOOK by Abbey Hoffman...what a freak.

I love Pigpen, and this is a "MUST HAVE SHOW" for all us Pigpen fans.....ALLIGATOR!!!!

"This Is a Man's World" is how Pigpen sang it. The GRATEFUL DEAD arranged this song in a fast 6/8. Huge Blues influence from Pigpen, the SOUL of the Band. God Bless Pigpen. We all still miss him. A real treat to have this performance to cherish from now means a lot to hear him do his stuff.

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1970.

PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW
Reviewer: _August_West_ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2008
Subject: Devo's Picks #3
Throwback Heaven. Opening with Good Morning and closing with Viola Lee! As ever mixing the old with the new we have the Dead sandwich their new material in between. Killer 'Dancing', killer 'Viola Lee'.

To be honest I'm surprised "oh um ah um" hasn't written a review on this show with its abundance of Pigpen, including 'It's a Man's World'.

Follow the tour: 1970
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2008
Subject: And Miles To Go
I was at this show and it sounded a lot better than this recording although this is pretty good quality, all things considered. It was my 4th in a row and I think I was tired and I had a long way to go to get home. I do not think I stayed for the encore.
Reviewer: He Live's - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2007
Subject: crack-jack-a-lack-a-dackin
i can say for sure, it is a smokin set from black peter through the end.....viola lee is ragged but hot....and its a mans world is totally unique and jammed out, dancin too....they were not posing back then when they aped these motown riffs, they really made these tunes their makes the 80's/90's reincarnations sound so trite. at the end, it was a 60's cavalcade affair, running down the hits of yore. back during shows like this it was so much different, actual VITAL MUSIC that had a place in contemporary society....

i wonder what miles' thought of this gig....think he knew "viola lee blues" before these marin boys tore it up at the fillmore? i would guess not...sounded nice on the headphones....but just like the best sounding dicks picks, these tunes will just vaporize in the ether if not given the right listening in a truck with the windows open on the just aint gonna hear this......
Reviewer: kingdork - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2006
Subject: Good show
Stange to read people complain about a 3 sec pause. If it bothers you, removing the pauses isn't a big deal.

A solid 3 out of 5
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2006
Subject: Therapy
It's about the music, people - not the 3 seconds between songs...

Set's sweet if for nothing else than the Deep Elem version like no other. Jerr's feeling the blues. Boyz sound understandably tired and ready to get off stage for their recharge. But their axes are on fire at times.

SB quality is good - 16 track, baaaaby! Love it. Viola's all sexy and crisp tonight - very strong, agreed. 5ish stars - maybe a 4 -- but whose countin.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2006
Subject: Good Groove
This concert really cooks. I'm tempted to say this is one of the best of 1970. That's saying something.

Just dropping bye again, what the hell is this geronimo1 guy talking about with this 3 second shit.
Something's have no place being put in some kids baby bottle's.
Reviewer: macfawlty - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: Great bookends with an average middle
GMLS is great and Viola Lee/Feedback is real good. Didn't care for the patch sound, but the sound on the rest of the show is outstanding and that's a good reason to download it. Man's World is good, but some of the others aren't that inspired.
Reviewer: geronimo1 - favorite - August 28, 2005
Subject: CUT
Yeah,this show is cut with 3seconds in between each track and it sux!!!!!Sorry,call me a bitch,but it sux and with 3,000 plus downloads you'd think a guy would be warned. Show is ruined=my opinion and that's what a review is for.
Reviewer: Da Red Rooster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2005
Subject: My Front Row Show
OK, I'm prejudiced. This was my 2nd show (4-9 was the first), I had some serious electrolytes in my system and I was leaning against the stage right in front of Pig. These guys totally blew me away (again).

As far as I'm concerned, and contrary to another opinion expressed here, this was the mother of all Viola Lee's. I swore I saw electricity crackling out of the guitars. When I first heard ths recording I realized that it wasn't my acid-vivid imagination. It's that good. Lot's of other highlights including Dancin' and It's a Man's, Man's World.

Phil says he was in awe of what Miles was doing during this run, but y'know, I didn't end up going to see Miles 70+ times.
Reviewer: Phychotron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2005
Subject: My Lord!!
If you want to hear a example of the three dimensional wavelenght the dead produced, this would be a first rate example.
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2005
Subject: Davis and the Dead
Perhaps the presence of Miles Davis on this night inspired the Dead to give a far-above-par performance. I don't know. But I do know, folks, that the Dancin' in this show is among the finest EVER played, a peer of 6/8/69 and 5/2/70. Excellent Black Peter, Man's World and an excellent Viola Lee. What's Mr. 3 stars talking about? "Laid-back?" Well, sure it's slow, but it sounds damn heavy and funky to my ears. The sound quality does not disappoint either. Crystal clear and with PRESENCE.
Reviewer: Muddy69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2005
Subject: Good sound quality
Good sound quality. I like it.
Reviewer: Polka - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: I guess....
Five stars seems a bit much for this show. To be honest, so does four.

The Viola Lee is real laid back, which is not what I look for in my VLB's. The Dancin is pretty sweet with Jerry winding it up and down in a 7+ minute jam. Tell me this isn't a Mind Left Body with a different cadence around the 9 minute mark.....

Bobby is pretty much lost in the mix, until the organ dies down. A few barely audible digiskips in Dancin. Sound quality is good.

Show: B+ (Dancin=A)
Sound: B+
Reviewer: scottyw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2004
Subject: ALL HAIL ARCHIVE!!!!!
Reviewer: Susep - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2004
Subject: Live eviL
In a period of down to earth roots country and blues the Dead maintained again their aggressive and exploratory live act intact. Here they share the bill with Miles Davis who was also playing legendary improvisation with the recent albums of Silent In A Way, Bitches Brew and Live Evil. I"ve read where Lesh in particular would watch stage side and be blown away by Miles nightly however the Dead responded with their own magic as heard in this Dancin'. Foreshadowing the monster from Harpur in May, this version shakes and twists offering circular lead runs with trademark two headed beast rythyms.
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